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Jane Shin
Jane Shin Portrait.png
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Burnaby-Lougheed
In office
May 14, 2013 – May 9, 2017
Preceded byHarry Bloy
Succeeded byKatrina Chen
Personal details
Born (1980-05-07) May 7, 1980 (age 42)
South Korea
Political partyNew Democratic Party
ResidenceBurnaby
ProfessionVice-President, Students & Community Development
Jane Shin
Hangul
신재경
Hanja
申才炅
Revised RomanizationSin Jaegyeong
McCune–ReischauerSin Chaekyŏng

Jane Jae Kyung Shin MD (Korean: 신재경, Hanja: 申才炅) is a Canadian academic and former politician who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 2013 provincial election.[1] She is currently the Vice-President, Students & Community Development at Vancouver Community College.[2][3]

She represented the electoral district of Burnaby-Lougheed as a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party from 2013 to 2017. Shin is the first Korean Canadian elected to the provincial legislature.[4]

Early life and education

Shin was born in South Korea and emigrated to Canada when she was 11 years old. Around her 16th birthday she was hospitalised for a serious health crisis attributed to leukemia[5][6] or aplastic anaemia.[7] According to Shin, the experience made her a passionate advocate for Canada's health care system.[5]

Two months after her 16th birthday, Shin was awarded $400 by the City of Surrey, British Columbia, as part of its inaugural Youth Recognition Awards.[8] As a child, Shin had volunteered for the Canadian Red Cross Society, Greenpeace, the Multicultural Society of B.C. and others.[9][10]

Career before politics

Shin studied genetics and cell biology at the University of British Columbia, participating in botanical biochemistry research on the general phenylpropanoid pathway.[11] Shin later completed a doctorate in medicine in 2007 from Spartan Health Sciences University in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, an institution recognised by the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Medical Council of Canada.[12][13][14] During medical school, Shin performed clinical rotations at University of Edinburgh, Dalhousie University, and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital.[13] Shin's rotational research at the Royal Victoria Infirmary of Newcastle upon Tyne led to two co-authored publications on chronic fatigue syndrome.[15][16]

Shin later decided that she preferred teaching over conventional medical practice[12] and chose not complete the residency necessary to gain a license to practice medicine in British Columbia.[12][14]

Shin has taught at British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver Community College, and the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.[4]

Provincial politics

Shin's intention to seek the Burnaby-Lougheed NDP nomination under the party leadership of Adrian Dix was announced in May 2012.[17][18] Shin's competitor for the nomination was Craig Langston.[19] Shin won the nomination in November 2012, ahead of the 2013 provincial election.[20]

During the campaign, Shin faced allegations that she had misrepresented her educational credentials in her campaign materials, "Linked-in profile, a B.C. Institute of Technology biography, and in various interviews".[21] She quickly corrected the misunderstandings and clarified that they were not intentional.[12]

In 2013, reports surfaced of a derogatory statement Shin made against Chinese Canadians in 2002, when she was 21. Shin subsequently apologized.[22]

Shin won 44.26% of the vote, defeating BC Liberal candidate Ken Kramer who had replaced retiring Harry Bloy who had held the riding for 12 years.[1] Confusion surrounding Shin's credentials, her campaign, and controversy surrounding the BC Conservative Candidate Christine Clark earned Shin the title of 2013 Newsmaker of the Year from the Burnaby Now.[23]

While in office, Shin was assigned several portfolios and roles within the Shadow Cabinet including: Lead Spokesperson for Small Business,[24] the deputy spokesperson for Trade, Immigration, and Multiculturalism,[25] the deputy spokesperson role for International Trade, Asia Pacific Strategy, Multiculturalism, Immigration, Intergovernmental Relations, the deputy spokesperson role for Tourism, and Arts and Culture,[24] and served on the Select Standing Committee for Health, and the select Standing Committee for Finance & Government Services.[4]

Shin's first motion was a private member's bill to permit electronic petitions from the public to be accepted by the legislature.[26] The bill was designed to enhance petitioning with increased accessibility and efficiency.[27] Shin later introduced Bill M-215, the Business Practices and Consumer Protection (Money Transfers) Amendment Act which sought to cap the fees a money broker can charge for international money transactions.[28]

In late 2016 Shin announced that she would not run for re-election.[29] The BC NDP nominated Katrina Chen, a Burnaby school board trustee who subsequently defeated the BC Liberal candidate Steve Darling.[30]

Career after politics

After the 2017 BC Provincial election, Shin returned to Vancouver Community College as Dean of Student Development, responsible for the strategic advancement and operational management of student service departments.[31] In 2019, Shin was promoted to Associate Vice-President of Student Success at VCC, adding new mandates for Indigenous Education & Community Engagement, Student Wellness, Career Development, and Strategic Enrollment Management at the institution.[32]

In 2019, Shin was named as one of Canada's Top 25 Immigrants by the Canadian Immigrant.[32][33] Shin completed the Women in Leadership Program at Cornell University.[32]

In 2020, Shin completed a Master of Education degree at Simon Fraser University.[32] As of 2020, Shin is presently conducting Ph.D studies at the University of Toronto in Leadership, Higher & Adult Education.

In addition to her current academic roles at VCC and studies at the University of Toronto, Shin is also on the Board of the DIVERSEcity Society, and as the legacy ambassador for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation.[32]

In 2021 Shin was appointed Vice-President, Students & Community Development at Vancouver Community College.[34][35] Shin was also named as one of the recipients of the BC Achievement Community Award that recognizes the contributions of extraordinary British Columbians by BC Premier John Horgan in that same year.[36]

Electoral results

2013 British Columbia general election: Burnaby-Lougheed
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
New Democratic Jane Shin 8,952 44.26 $110,599
Liberal Ken Kramer 8,209 40.59 $71,316
Green Darwin Augustus Ivan Burns 1,665 8.23 $376
Conservative Party of BC Christine N. Clarke 1,399 6.92 $260
Total valid votes 20,225 100.00
Total rejected ballots
Turnout

References

  1. ^ a b "Burnaby-Lougheed results: Jane Shin takes riding for NDP". Global News, May 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "Vancouver Community College - Dr. Jane Shin appointed VCC's Vice President, Students and Community Development". Education News Canada. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Article - Vancouver Community College". www.vcc.ca. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Legislative Assembly of British Columbia MLA Website". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  5. ^ a b Shin, Jane. "Introduce Candidates, Jane Shin". The VanKoreans, Vol. 1, Spring 2013. p. 43. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  6. ^ Shin, Dr. Jane (28 March 2013). "Residents of Burnaby-Lougheed deserve a prudent, practical change". Indo-Canadian Voice. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  7. ^ Moreau, Jennifer. "Jane Shin's candidate bio from the NDP". Burnaby Now. Metro Valley News. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  8. ^ "City of Surrey By-law No. 12882" (PDF). City of Surrey. 29 July 1996. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Dr. Jane Jae Kyung Shin". www.leg.bc.ca. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  10. ^ "About Jane Shin". Dr. Jane Shin, BC NDP. Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  11. ^ Ehlting, J.; Shin, J. J.; Douglas, C. J. (September 2001). "Identification of 4-coumarate:coenzyme A ligase (4CL) substrate recognition domains". The Plant Journal: For Cell and Molecular Biology. 27 (5): 455–465. doi:10.1046/j.1365-313x.2001.01122.x. ISSN 0960-7412. PMID 11576429.
  12. ^ a b c d Moreau, Jennifer (24 May 2013). "Jane Shin speaks". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  13. ^ a b Chow, Wanda. "BC Liberals take aim at NDP's Shin". Burnaby NewsLeader. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  14. ^ a b Lee, Jeff. "NDP defends Jane Shin over 'chinkasaurus' comment while Liberals question her credentials". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  15. ^ Newton, Julia L.; Sheth, Amish; Shin, Jane; Pairman, Jessie; Wilton, Katharine; Burt, Jennifer A.; Jones, David E. J. (1 April 2009). "Lower Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Psychosomatic Medicine. 71 (3): 361–5. doi:10.1097/PSY.0b013e31819ccd2a. PMID 19297309.
  16. ^ Jones, D. E. J.; Shin, J.; Seth, A.; Sutcliffe, K.; Okonkwo, O.; Newton, J. L. (1 August 2007). "Symptoms of autonomic dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome". QJM: An International Journal of Medicine. 100 (8): 519–526. doi:10.1093/qjmed/hcm057. PMID 17617647. Retrieved 8 February 2019 – via academic.oup.com.
  17. ^ Moreau, Jennifer (22 May 2012). "Local doctor seeks Burnaby-Lougheed NDP nomination". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  18. ^ Staff Writer (22 May 2012). "Update: Dr. Jane Shin seeks NDP nod in Burnaby-Lougheed". Burnaby NewsLeader. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  19. ^ Chow, Wanda (17 September 2012). "Two candidates seeking NDP nomination for Burnaby-Lougheed". Burnaby NewsLeader. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  20. ^ Chow, Wanda (15 October 2012). "Dr. Jane Shin wins NDP nod in Burnaby-Lougheed". Burnaby NewsLeader. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  21. ^ Smith, Charlie. "NDP won't fire Burnaby candidate for writing "chinkasaurus" 11 years ago". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  22. ^ Morton, Brian. "NDP candidate apologizes for derogatory comment against Chinese-Canadians 11 years ago". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  23. ^ "Newsmaker of the year: Jane Shin Will the real Dr. Shin please stand up?". Burnaby Now. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  24. ^ a b Chow, Wanda. "Burnaby's 3 NDP MLAs get shadow cabinet posts". Burnaby NewsLeader. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  25. ^ "New Democrat Caucus MLA Website". BC Official Opposition. Archived from the original on 22 April 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  26. ^ "Bill M 205, Electronic Petitions Act, 2014, 2nd Session, 40th Parliament, British Columbia, 2014". 24 March 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  27. ^ Moreau, Jennifer (26 March 2014). "Jane Shin introduces e-petitions bill". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  28. ^ Peebles, Frank (23 June 2015). "MLA promoting online petitions". Prince George Citizen.
  29. ^ Moreau, Jennifer. "Jane Shin not running in next provincial election".
  30. ^ Smith, Charlie. "B.C. NDP nominates school trustee Katrina Chen to run in Burnaby-Lougheed". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  31. ^ Dobie, Cayley. "Outgoing MLA takes new post at college". Burnaby Now. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  32. ^ a b c d e "Jane Shin - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies - Simon Fraser University". www.sfu.ca. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  33. ^ "Jane Shin". Canadian Immigrant. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  34. ^ "Vancouver Community College - Dr. Jane Shin appointed VCC's Vice President, Students and Community Development". Education News Canada. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  35. ^ "Article - Vancouver Community College". www.vcc.ca. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  36. ^ "2021 BC Achievement Community Awardees Announced". BC Achievement Foundation. 10 May 2021. Retrieved 15 June 2021.

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